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Find out about Sophie Barnes’ Latest Romance + Giveaway!

December 31, 2013

Introducing Rebecca and Daniel

 

Author Sophie Barnes

In the second installment of the At The Kingsborough Ball series, Lady Rebecca has spent two years trapped in the tower room of Roselynn Castle, pretending to be mad so she can thwart her aunt and uncle’s attempts to marry her off to a doddering old earl or a lecherous duke. Her creativity and fondness for theatrics shine through right from the beginning as she plots to find a husband on her own terms. She knows what she wants (a respectable match with a man who will stand by her, protect her and be faithful, even though she’s resigned herself to a loveless marriage), but when circumstance leads her in a different direction and straight into the arms of a rake, she’s determined to make it work.

Her optimistic spirit and outgoing demeanor are nothing short of impressive, considering everything she’s been through, but it’s also these characteristics that will prove an asset in her escape from a future she strives to avoid. That said, there are a couple of moments when even her high spirits are momentarily quashed when a positive outcome seems hopeless, and she has many doubts about joining forces with a renowned rake, however charming he may be, but she’s also the sort of person who’s willing to take a risk. What she fears after meeting Daniel however, is that the risk of accepting his offer to help, will not only lead her toward an uncertain future with a man she barely knows, but that she might actually lose her heart to the charming scoundrel – a man she’s not the least bit sure she can trust.

 

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A struggle definitely lies ahead for this woman who was orphaned when her parents perished in a fire many years earlier, but just as she’s done since then, she turns to her watercolors and to Shakespeare whenever she needs to distract herself from the difficulties of her situation.

Daniel Neville, heir to the marquisate of Wolvington is not the sort of man any parent or guardian would wish their daughter to marry. A renowned rake, he gambles excessively, parades his paramours shamelessly around London and hosts scandalous parties that only the most debauched members of the ton would dare attend. When his uncle threatens to cut him off without a penny unless he reforms and gets himself married, he finds it impossible to propose to anyone when no young lady will dare speak with him. But Lady Rebecca is different, for although she’s concerned for her reputation, she’s far more focused on finding a man who’s willing to marry her. Daniel knows he’s not her first choice, but when he becomes her only one, he’s determined to convince her to place her trust in him. At first his reasons are purely selfish. All he’s looking to do is secure his uncle’s financial support, but as he gets to know Rebecca, his goals change and he begins caring more about her wellbeing than about his own.

Gradually, the good-natured and kind, selfless gentleman hiding beneath the rakish veneer is brought to the surface, partly because Rebecca makes him want to be a better man, but also because she helps him realize that the choices he makes are his own – there’s nobody else to blame for the mistakes he’s made, no matter how easily he’s placed responsibility for his reprobate lifestyle on a deceitful mother and weak father. Little by little, Daniel’s heart is breached by the exotic raven-haired beauty who asks for nothing but honesty from him. Even so, it will take drastic measures for Daniel to realize he’s fallen in love with Rebecca, but he will have matured tremendously by then, and will have overcome insurmountable odds for her sake alone.

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Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.

She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.

When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast. 

Sophie is kindly sponsoring a giveaway for 1 e-book copy of The Scandal In Kissing An Heir & 1 signed copy of The Trouble With Being A Duke (can be substituted with e-book for anyone living outside US)!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

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Gabrielle Bisset And Her Sons of Navarus Warriors!

February 28, 2013

Thanks, Nat, for having me here today at Reading Romances to talk about my Sons of Navarus series and the newest book, Blood Prophecy, coming this spring!

In my day job, I teach history to college students. I’ve loved history ever since I was a small child. The stories about faraway lands and distant times enchanted me. Not surprisingly, when I got to college, I fell in love with history all over again.

My Sons of Navarus series isn’t historical fiction, per se, but it’s impossible to take the history out of this girl, so each book has some history in it. Sometimes it’s to show the background of the hero or heroine, and other times it’s to show the reader something about the non-romantic storyline of the vampire civil war.

[pullquote align="left|center|right" textalign="left|center|right" width="30%"]Each Son is from a different time period and place, so their backgrounds affect the kind of warriors they are. [/pullquote] Vasilije from Blood Avenged was the son of a 16th century Romanian prince, while Saint from Blood Betrayed was an Irishman who was turned vampire on the battlefield of the Battle of the Somme in the First World War. Terek from Blood Spirit was a monk when he was turned by a Muslim trader just years before the outbreak of the Black Death in Spain in the 1300s and then fought in the Vampire-Human wars for centuries throughout Europe. Now, in the fourth book Blood Prophecy, readers will get to know Ramiel, a Visigoth barbarian by birth and Roman slave for the first years of his existence before being turned vampire as the Roman Empire fell into the Dark Ages.

But not to worry. If a reader isn’t a history lover like me, they can be assured the books aren’t mainly history. As a college prof, I’ve learned that not everybody loves the past. The history in the Sons of Navarus series is meant to give the reader a sense of who the characters are and what made them like they are, not a history lesson.

Thanks again to Nat for having me here today! For more information on the Sons of Navarus series, readers can visit my website at www.gabriellebisset.com for excerpts, buy links, character profiles, swag (romance trading cards), and free desktop wallpapers to bring those delicious Sons to your computer. And look for Blood Prophecy coming soon!

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I am everything you fear. I am vampire.

As the two Sons chosen to decipher the Prophecy of Idolas, Ramiel and Thane journey to find the key to defeating the Archons. Together with Noele, a born vampire, they confront their fates as they fulfill their duty to their world. Along the way, they’ll find love, but death and betrayal lurk in the shadows, threatening everything dear to them.

Descended from the gods and warriors all, each Son’s loyalty will be tested. Every action has consequences, and the choices they make now seal their fates. Alliances as old as the vampire world itself are reforged, and the Sons’ duty is clear. Stop the Archons. Or die trying. 

 

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Tiffany Snow’s Top 5 Favorite Rescues + Giveaway

February 22, 2013

Thank you to Reading Romances for hosting me on the blog tour for TURNING POINT, the third book in The Kathleen Turner Series. There will be a total of five books in the series. Book four, OUT OF TURN, will be released on 12/17/13.

Sometimes people ask me why I chose Romantic Suspense for my genre. Well, I could go into detail about why I like to interweave a mystery and danger with a story of love and romance, the challenges and rewards of crafting a satisfying mystery and relationship in one, but really it just boils down to the fact that writing romantic suspense gives me an excuse to write about a hot man with a gun rescuing a damsel in distress. Not that my heroine always needs rescuing, but I’ll never be immune to the perhaps old-fashioned notion of a woman being rescued.

And while we’re on the subject, let me put in a good work for fictional women who aren’t Sarah Connor or Anita Blake. Part of what draw me to the Alpha-male hero is the lengths he’ll go to protect and rescue the woman he loves. And I think it’s important that he get that opportunity every once in a while. I’ve read some books where the writer passed up what could have been a gorgeous rescue and I felt somewhat cheated. I’m all for a heroine being clever enough and quick-witted enough to outsmart the bad guy, but I’m always on board for a rescue, be it physically or emotionally. So here are my Top 5 Favorite Rescues:

5 – Twilight

Edward realizes Bella is in danger and pulls up to save her from the would-be attackers. It’s a very emotionally satisfying scene because their relationship is still in flux – Bella knows he’s something different, but as of yet, she’s not sure what. Edward has the unique position of knowing exactly what they would have done to Bella without it actually having been done, so his rage is justified.

4 – Casino Royale (remake)

I adore the scene when Bond comforts Vesper in the shower after the harrowing attack in the stairwell. It’s visually stunning and poignant while being emotionally gut-wrenching. His strength is a foil for her vulnerability. *sigh*

 

3 – The Vampire Diaries – the TV show

In Season Two, Damon and Elena are still in a very rocky place, but that doesn’t stop Damon from taking a wooden arrow for her when she’s attacked. Even knowing she’s not in love with him and that the arrow might kill him, Damon shows no hesitation.

 

2 – Club Dead – book three in The Southern Vampire Mysteries

Sookie is staked when trying to help a vampire and it’s up to Eric to save and heal her. Not only does he get her through the ordeal physically, he’s also an emotional rock for her to focus on while consumed with pain. Cleverly written, funny, sexy, angsty, Club Dead has some great Eric/Sookie scenes.

1 – Smallville

My favorite superhero is Superman and my favorite portrayal of him is by TomWelling on Smallville. Erica Durante played Lois in this adaptation and their chemistry was perfect. There were too many times to name how often he rescued her, mostly without her knowledge, and it never got old.

Tiffany is giving away, a grand prize of the winner’s choice, KINDLE Paperwhite or HD. Winner will be selected by Rafflecopter.  Each blog will be able to award one lucky commenter a Kindle copy or print copy of one of her KATHLEEN TURNER books, winner’s choice (Print copy is Cont US only) .

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After her promotion from law firm Runner to Investigator, Kathleen Turner is learning the ropes of her new job from none other than assassin-for-hire Kade Dennon, a situation her boyfriend Blane Kirk is none too happy about. But the lessons with Kathleen take a back seat when Kade becomes a target. Previously untouchable, his enemies now know of the chink in his armor – his brother’s girlfriend.
 
And Kade’s not the only thing coming between Kathleen and Blane. From Blane’s inexplicable defense of a man guilty of a horrible crime, to a mysterious stranger from Kathleen’s past, to Kathleen’ risky investigation into human traffickers, the obstacles mount against a relationship that’s just begun to find trust again.
 
While Blane considers a job offer that would take him back to the front lines in the war on terror, Kathleen is determined to pursue her new career, with or without his approval. Unfortunately, her current case is far more dangerous than anyone knows. Someone close to Blane will go to extreme lengths to split them up, lengths that may prove worse than death for Kathleen.
 
Kathleen, Blane and Kade must atone for the sins of the past and the present. The fallout will force Kathleen to aturning point…in her career, and her life.

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10 things that Michelle McLean loves in a romance!

February 18, 2013

Thank you so much for hosting me today! I’m thrilled to be here.

I grew up reading romances. In fact, the first adult novels I remember reading were Victoria Holt’s gothic romances. Full of windswept moors, isolated castles, danger, mystery, suspense, and of course, heart-thumping romances, these books seeped into my blood stream and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love just about any sub-genre of romance. As long as the romance between the main couple is strong, I can enjoy just about any setting or storyline that romance is a part of.

Here are ten things (in no particular order) that I love in a romance:


  1. A good believable conflict – there is always a reason the main couple can’t get together right away, but it drives me nuts if the reason is a simple misunderstanding that a two second conversation would clear up (though even these can work if done well). I prefer a good, solid “someone will die if we get together” or a “I love you but I’m supposed to hate you” type conflict. A reason to stay apart that has some teeth to it :)

  2. A flawed heroine – I really love a girl that has some weird quirk…maybe she’s klutzy, or always has her nose in a book, or has a scar running across her face. It’s easy for a guy to fall for the perfect supermodel…I like to see a girl who isn’t so perfect get the hot guy.

  3. A tortured hero – I’m a sucker for the bad boy with a heart of gold. A Dread Pirate Roberts who turns out to be Wesley the farm boy. A thief who meets the girl of his dreams and changes his life to be with her. Jack from Romancing the Stone who tries to romance the treasure out of Joan and ends up falling in love himself. As long as there is a good heart beneath the bad activities, it makes for a great read.

  4. Or, A “non-average” hero – the nerdy librarian who finds out he’s a bit of an Indiana Jones. The soccer coach who turns into Rambo to save his family. I love when a regular Joe turns into the ultimate alpha male when the going gets tough.

  5. A setting that sucks you in – this is probably why I love historicals so much. I want to be transported to another world; whether that world is in the past, the future, another planet or timeline, or a regular world turned on its ear, I want to live in that world while I’m reading the story.

  6. Actual romance – I’m all for love scenes :D But sex scene after sex scene can actually get a bit tedious if there is no romance going on along with it. A simple brush of the hand can get my heart pounding harder than the most graphic love scene when done right. Gotta have the romance :)

  7. A little danger – romance is always a little more fun when something dangerous is going on. Falling in love while fighting zombies? Squeezing in a make-out session or two between a few near-death experiences? Intense situations can make a romance all the more thrilling and can make for a great read.

  8. A little mystery – maybe the main couple grows closer together as they try to solve a murder, or find a treasure, or search for a missing person. Romances are always a little more fun when there is underlying mystery to solve.

  9. A great supporting cast – the best friend who helps the lovers sneak off together; the sidekick who’s great for a little comic relief; the sibling who puts aside the rivalry to help (or maybe hinder) the lovers getting together. Sometimes these supporting characters can make or break a story.

  10. An intense love that makes me want to re-read the story again and again – for me this is different from the romance. The romance is the building love, the sweet gestures, the tender kisses. Those are wonderful and I want them in the books I read (and write!). But I really love an intense love that defies all odds, that lasts years, sometimes centuries….Jamie and Claire from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series; Rane and Alex from Celeste de Blasis’ Wild Swan series; Bella and Edward (don’t judge, I love these two!) :D I want intensity. I want the pages to smolder. I want these two to conquer the whole world in order to be together. I don’t ask for much, do I? ;)

 


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January 21st 2013 by Entangled Publishing

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Minuette Sinclair’s parents are in trouble and her fake fiancé is too. A legendary lost necklace might be their salvation, and Min is determined to find it and use it to buy her family and fiancé out of their misfortunes. 

Master thief Bryant Westley is also looking for the fabled necklace. He knows Min’s got information he can use so he poses as her dance instructor and tries to seduce it from her. What he doesn’t count on are his feelings for her. He offers to partner up in the search – even though she is a distraction he can’t afford. 

Things become more complicated when Min realizes that her convenient engagement means more to her fake fiancé than her and that she’s fallen in love with Bryant. Bryant realizes that he can’t double cross the young lady he’s come to love. Can they find the necklace together and admit their love before it’s too late?

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Character Interview with Luc by Boone Brux + Giveaway

January 21, 2013

Character Interview with Luc

by Boone Brux

Today we have the pleasure of interviewing Luc Le Daun, hero of Kiss of the Betrayer by Boone Brux.

Q: Welcome, Luc. It’s great to have you here.

L: It’s great to be here. Really great.

Q: So let’s jump right in. Jade tried to kill you. How do you get over something like that?

L: Well, there were extenuating circumstances. It wouldn’t have been fair to hold the stabbing against her since I have a few skeletons in my closet as well.

Q: What is the one thing you love most about Jade, and the one thing that irritates you the most about her?

L: The thing I love most is the same thing that irritates me the most—her fierce loyalty to her family. She’ll do anything in her power to help them, yet she’s sometimes blind to the dangers or the fact that she might not be helping them.

I also like the fact that she’s a bit sweet on me. She’s a great judge of men.

Q: You were quite the ladies’ man before Jade got ahold of you. Do you miss those days?

L: No, not at all. Jade is everything I never knew I needed.

Q: Aww, that’s sweet. Would she say the same about you?

L: Of course. Who wouldn’t be love all this? *points to himself*

Q: Hard to resist, that’s true. Tell us about your relationship with Jade’s sister, Rell–before and after your so-called betrayal.

L: I courted Esmeralda. That’s her real name. Rell is the name she now calls herself. We were young. A lot of things have changed since then. She’s not my biggest fan now, especially since Jade and I have become a couple.

Q: I can imagine. A woman’s scorn and all. How did the book get its title?

L: There are a lot of betrayals in this story. Not just from my past, but throughout the book. It’s tough to trust anybody these days.

Q: Did you truly betray Jade’s family?

L: *Scratches chin* I can’t answer that or else I’ll spoil the story for the readers.

Q: Fair enough, at least tell me how your relationship with your father is.

L: It had been very rocky for most of my adult life, mainly from what happened with me and Jade’s family, which I can’t tell you about. Now things are much better. Jade did that for us. She brought us together.

Q: What do you think Vile, the Demon King, has planned?

L: Bless the Saints, I wish I knew. We know he’s trying to open the Abyss of Souls so that he can control the army. We can only assume he plans on overrunning Inness and taking control. But the Bringers have a few surprises for him.

Q: Where do you think the Bringers stand in this upcoming battle?

L: I thought all was lost until Rhys found Ravyn in Shield of Fire. We had no weapons against the Bane, but since she has arrived many new developments have come to light. We’re not as helpless as we originally thought. And I suspect things are not as they seem in the Shadow World. It appears Vile and his son, Icarus, are butting heads. There’s nothing like a good fight between powerful demons to upset the balance of power.

Q: On a lighter note, what do you think of the author, Boone Brux.

L: Now there’s one fine looking woman. If I wasn’t already taken, I’d consider courting her.

Q: No ill feelings about the torture scene she wrote you into?

L: Sure I was angry at first, but everything worked out for the best.

Q: Well, best of luck to you and the Bringers. Hopefully there will be wedding bells in your future.

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For fifteen years Luc Le Daun has blamed himself for the death of the woman he loved. His secret guilt has led him into a life of danger, risking all and committing to none.

Killing Luc Le Daun has been all Jade Kendell has thought about for years. But when her plan goes awry and she’s brought into the Bringers’ fold, her own dark secret threatens to be revealed. Desire for a better life wars with a promise made long before she understood the ramifications.

In a deadly mission, Jade and Luc embark on a journey into the Shadow World. As they attempt the impossible, ignoring the attraction growing between them becomes harder to deny. The slightest misstep could mean the loss of their souls and give the Demon King exactly what he needs to open the Abyss of Souls and annihilate the Bringers.

 

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As a multi-published and an award-winning author, Boone’s writing drips with experiences from real life. Addicted to anything that might make a good story, she weaves tales that range from dark fantasy to humorous romance. Settled in the icy regions of Alaska with the love of her life and twin daughters, it’s not uncommon to find her tapping away on her iPad on a windy beach or the barren tundra. Be warned, anyone and every event is fodder for one of Boone’s novels.

Find Boone Brux on:

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4420439.Boone_Brux

Website – http://boonebrux.com

Twitter – https://twitter.com/boonebrux

Blog – http://boonebrux.com/blog.html

Ends Feb 15th – INT

The giveaway will be for a digital copy of Kiss of the Betrayer!

 

 

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